Monday, March 23, 2015

Special Mission Conference

We had a very, very special mission conference this week at the central ward in my mission, Meito. Elder Evans of the Seventy, who was actually a mission president here a number of years ago, came to speak with us. His current assignment as a Seventy is in the missionary department.

The reason for the conference is that the missionaries around the world will begin to use iPads from here on out. All of us knew that beforehand, so we were mostly going to the conference expecting to recieve training about doing missionary work using Facebook and things like that. However, we were wrong. What he talked about was being a disciple of Christ in the digital age.
When he first started speaking, he prefaced his talk by saying that we probably have never had a general authority speak to us in the way that he was going to speak to us that day. And then he proceeded to speak extremely frankly about pornography. I wish I could communicate the candor and clarity with which he spoke, but I don't feel that it is necessary. But he did acknowledge that many if not all of us had been exposed at some point in our lives to pornography and that many, many of us had struggled with this sin.

At one point he said that some of us might be nervous about iPads, because of how we have struggled before. But what he said was that this decision, which was made by revelation from the Lord, was a gesture of love to our generation. And an invitation to become clean from the sin of this generation. That less than being just about missionary work, this was about giving us a chance to learn how to navigate through all the evil in this world and not be affected by it. It was about trying to build a sin-resistant generation.

He told us also that we are agents. Able to act for ourselves. Able to choose eternal life or bondage.

I don't think that I have ever felt the Spirit so much as I felt it in the chapel that day. Neither have I felt more like the Lord knows me and has a plan for my life.

We'll receive iPads in a few weeks. Until then I am doing my best to prepare spiritually and to make sure I am ready.

With love,
Alex
Dinner with members and all the Toyohashi Elders.

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